CHALLENGE: Tasha Tanvers
ONE OF Great Britain’s Olympic ever-presents of the last decade has signed up to take part in a Kilimanjaro trek to raise vital awareness and money for London’s community HIV charity, Positive East.
Tasha Danvers, an Olympic medallist in Beijing, has pledged her support to the community HIV charity by agreeing to trek Africa’s tallest mountain.
Spurred on by a sense of duty, London-born Danvers is understandably delighted to be able to support her community: “As an Olympian you often spend time having to be very selfish in order to achieve your goals. It's so refreshing for me to be able to do something challenging for the benefit of others.”
Positive East’s team of 15 will take to the mountain for a gruelling week’s trekking from February 8, raising vital funds to ensure they can continue to provide their range of support groups targeted at east London’s growing HIV positive African community.
Danvers continued: “Positive East’s work is hugely important to the communities of London. When I heard the Kilimanjaro Challenge would contribute to something which works right at the grassroots of our communities I couldn’t say no. It’s a fabulous project which helps hundreds of the neediest people in London to get back on their feet in the face of adversity and live full, healthy lives.”
The former track and field star hopes that by signing up to Positive East’s Kilimanjaro Challenge she can inspire people around her to get involved: “I love working with charities, and it’s even better when I get to encourage other people to get involved too. I think sometimes we underestimate what even the smallest gesture could mean for someone else.”
Contributing to Tasha’s Kilimanjaro Challenge is extremely easy. Just go to: www.JustGiving.com/TashaDanvers. To keep up to date with the latest developments from Kilimanjaro follow @PositiveEast and @TashaDanvers on Twitter